Can You Have Too Many Clouds? IBM’s Ed Kimm & Flexential’s Craig Cook Say It Depends Who You Ask

DENVER, CO – A centerpiece of CAPRE’s International Data Center Series is how to navigate and capitalize on a changing industry and changing enterprise landscape. That’s why CAPRE’s Construction, Design, Engineering Evolution and the Optimization of Hyperscale, Colocation & Enterprise Data Centers in Denver featured a discussion titled “Staying Relevant as a Data Center Provider: Digital Transformation and Optimizing the Client’s Journey to the Cloud” featuring a pair of forward-thinking though leaders from two highly influential organizations: Ed Kimm, of IBM’s Global Technology Services team and Craig Cook, Vice-President for Solutions Architecture and Engineering at Flexential. In this piece, we highlight the perspective of both panelists when answering the question "Can you have too many Clouds?" First to answer was Kimm, who had a firm maybe up his sleeve. "It depends who you ask. The whole term “multi-cloud” is predicated on the hyperscale providers. So you’re going from the Public Cloud to the Public Cloud to the Public Cloud. And in a Hybrid Cloud, you have Public Clouds, you have Private Clouds, you have colocation. You have up and down now, not just left and right," he illustrated. "So now, there’s this huge inflection point [in the data center industry] where organizations are doing CapEx and OpEx infrastructure, but they’re also trying to put infrastructure at the Edge. So to answer your question, I think you can have too many, but the only real question is how can you manage…